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Alzner: Wish Granted

Obviously, Karl Alzner is one excited guy today. After a couple of long months in the minors, the fifth overall pick in 2007 is set to make his debut tonight against Atlanta.

There was a lot going on this morning, so I only talked to Alzner for about a minute. But as you've probably heard by now, the guy is an absolute quote machine. Here's some of what he had to say.

Q: What are you feeling right now?
A: "It's kind of sucky that someone else's misfortune is my good fortune. But at the same time, I'm happy to get the opportunity. There were a lot of things that had to be done for me to get up here, and I've got make the best of it, because you never know how many opportunities you're going to get."

Q: When and how did you find out you were Washington bound?
A: "When Sami got called off the ice earlier in the day ... I knew what the situation was [in Washington] and that there were a lot of guys hurt. I know a lot of you guys have heard about my wishing at 11:11. I usually make multiple wishes. But [yesterday] I just made one wish, and it was that I got called up. And I found out later."

Q: How have things gone in Hershey?
A: "I think I've done pretty well. The main thing I noticed when I was up here in camp is that I didn't talk nearly enough. I wasn't helping out my 'D'-partner, my goalie, my forwards enough. I noticed that down there things got easier when I started talking. I'm just a smarter player now."

For the record, Alzner has a team-best plus-15 rating in Hershey to go along with two goals and seven assists in 20 games. He's also only got two minutes in penalties.

Alzner has spent most of the season paired with Sami Lepisto, who was also recalled today. But in recent games he's been playing with Josh Godfrey.

Alzner will skate alongside Milan Jurcina tonight at Verizon Center, where everyone -- fans, media and team management -- will finally get to see what he can do against the big boys.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 26, 2008; 2:03 PM ET
 
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i cant wait to see him play tonight. He's a good player and is what we need with all these injuries going on.

Posted by: sprkatya38 | November 26, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to seeing him play...a lot of hype on this kid.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 26, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

i just hope he plays as well as people expect..

Posted by: sprkatya38 | November 26, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I just wish this freakin day would end soon so i can get home - so bored - yawnnnnnnnnn!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 26, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"Unleash the Hershey!" HA!! That's funny ... :-)

Wow ... this is going to be interesting. I hope it is one of those unbelievable games where the guys are on fire and own it for a full 60!

Just to be safe, can we call up Clutterbuck?

Posted by: Boo- | November 26, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm not expecting too much tonight, from anyone. Its been a rough patch, key guys are out, the remaining ones are surely feeling banged up, and the Thrashers are coming in feeling good about themselves. I;m just gonna sit back and enjoy. Its no fair to harp on a team thats riddled with injuries. I hope Lepisto, Alzner, Mink and Bourque have fun and that we don't get shellacked.

Happy holidays everybody, especially to our Native American neighbors, who have to endure our revelry every year, when in response to their hospitality we decimated their people.

Posted by: oo7 | November 26, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Back at you, oo7! Have a great holiday all and as always safe travels.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 26, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I hope the guy does well, too bad his partner is Jurcina.

So much for easing a player into the lineup.
Somebody say "mentor" ? Oh, that's Erskine.

Posted by: Cheef | November 26, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm excited to see these defensive lines at work. I really like the idea of the offensive/defensive pairings on D. I just wish that we had at least one heavy banger that could skate - like a Pronger type only cleaner. Who all's around like that any more?

Posted by: Greg S. | November 26, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what a call up like that looks like during practice in the AHL? They are practicing, Sami (or someone) gets called off and everyone knows he's packing for the big city. Handshakes? Helmet taps? or does he skate off? Just curious.

After years and years of watching unbalanced schedules against terrible teams like Atlanta and Florida (and now TB), I wasn't really looking forward to this game. Now I am.

And, not to start a histroy war, but 007, let's not tarnish Thanksgiving by remembering what the country did to the Native tribes later. Save that thinking for Andrew Jackson day.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | November 26, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

007,

If you haven't already, read "Mayflower" by Nathaniel Philbrick - it taught me a lot about how the pilgrims treated the natives

Posted by: NJNJ | November 26, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

So no one is up for Clutterbuck?!? ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | November 26, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

CLUTTERBUCK! (fist in the air) Clutterbuck.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 26, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

and count me among those who would say no thanks to trading for Witt, 3 year extension or no 3 year extension, he is not the answer.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 26, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I think everyone's hit the roads already. All I know is I have to get a case of beer for the games this week, and a pint of vodka for the wife. She keeps using my vodka - on the plants! Says it makes the paper lilly's happy. Well, duh!!

Posted by: Greg S. | November 26, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Huh? Never heard about booze for the plants...does that work? Not that i would waste booze on my plnats

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 26, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Damned things are growing like crazy! And it's good Vodka, too!! Svedka.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 26, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Could be an interesting game tonight, a lot of guys out but the call-ups will be looking to make the best of this chance and hoping to make it hard for GMGM to send them back to Hershey. I wish I could listen in to GMGMs calls for the next week or so given the injuries, call ups and trade rumors all going on.

Posted by: TheCapitalist1 | November 26, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Then, as IF that wasn't bad enough! She heard this on NPR this morning.

And there's one other big secret to this crust recipe: vodka, in equal proportion to the water.

"Vodka does two things," Kimball said. First, "it does not react with proteins in flour to form gluten — because gluten means tough."

And since alcohol makes up nearly half of the vodka, it will evaporate as it cooks. "You can add more total liquid," Kimball said — but since the vodka will evaporate in the oven, "you end up with a dough that's light and flaky."

I need a still!

Posted by: Greg S. | November 26, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Now I really want to watch tonight's game, but I'll probably be in the back seat of a car heading up to WI's north woods while it's happening. Oh well.

We need a professional team here in Madison/Milwaukee/Green Bay. I'm sure Wisconsin could support one. And then maybe I'll be able to watch the Caps live once in a while without having to shlep to Minnesota or Chicago.

Posted by: theGelf | November 26, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Ha - seriously - all that good vodka going to the wrong places!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 26, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta played a tough, physical game last night in TO.
Call up players could not have asked for a better scenario.

They better handle Atlanta without trouble, otherwise it's a bad sign.

Posted by: Cheef | November 26, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta should be tired.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 26, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Back to hockey...

I really would like to see someBODY in front of their net tonight. Looks like Mink is the designated screener.

And Cheef's right, this is their moment to shine. They need to make the best of the opportunity.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 26, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

i think we will come out big tonight...fresh legs...young kids with something to prove...home after long road trip...should be a big holiday crowd...etc, etc

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 26, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

For anyone who thinks Thanksgiving is in any way related to the pilgrims, think again. They celebrated in the spring with lobster. This is a holiday started during the Civil War by Uncle Abe. So happy Turkey Day to all. We'll debate the treatment of native americans at a later date. Cheef has somehow got to be involved.

I'm excited for tonights game. It will give some players time to shine. We need Joe Say to earn his money, the youngsters to grow, OV to finally take over a game, and everyone to leave the ice in one piece

Posted by: Leeguru | November 26, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Leeguru! You're still here! I was afraid that you were traded while I was off the blog!! ;-)

Any predictions on tonight's score? I will be there with bells on, hoping that the Thrashers are dog tired ...

Posted by: Boo- | November 26, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Lobster?

Posted by: Steve_R | November 26, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Greg S. | November 26, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Alzner leading Hershey in plus-minus is nice. But even better: He's second in the whole AHL.

Posted by: baddabing1 | November 26, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

SC Stingrays of the ECHL sign Ben Boudreau (Bruce's son).

Posted by: Greg S. | November 26, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

And, guess who's ECHL Alumni of the Month?

http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=show_of_the_week_news&cat=5&id=568

Oh, and good luck, Ben.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 26, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Boo, I spent the day at the MVA getting my sales liscence renewed. I'll look for the person with bells when they show crowd shots. Have fun!

Yes Steve, Massachussets. Lobster. natives were invited. went on for 3 days. No beer. Puritans. Yuck

Posted by: Leeguru | November 26, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

day...dragging...slowly...painful...please...make...it...end...soon

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 26, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Leeguru:
Don't work too hard - we'll be lookin' for ya on the ticker!! ;-)

Lyle:
WOO HOO Clutterbuck!!

Posted by: Boo- | November 26, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Thought this might be your ultimate "revenge game" against Atlanta, but it seems about half the squad wasent here for the opener. Should be a spirited game, with good results! Rock the Red 2 Nite!!!!!

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | November 26, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Greg S., what kind of dough is being made with the vodka? Is it bread?
Cooks illustrated is an invaluable resource. All young hockey players should get a free subscription to cooksillustrated.com.


Posted by: oo7 | November 26, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

"Kinda sucky," quoth the quite wordsmith, this Mr. Alzner. I hope Atlanta plays sucky. Answer me this: with all these dudes hurt, why isn't Quintin Laing in our lineup?

*shatner* CLUTTERBUCK! */shatner*

Posted by: Tex21 | November 26, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

So close, yet so far

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 26, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

i guess mink is being rewarded. I was thinking the same thing vis-a-vis laing -- especially with boyd down (assuming there are 4-6 PK min's right there).

Posted by: brooklyncapsfan | November 26, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

That looks good, thanks! i look forward to it.

007,

If you haven't already, read "Mayflower" by Nathaniel Philbrick - it taught me a lot about how the pilgrims treated the natives

Posted by: NJNJ | November 26, 2008 3:03 PM

Posted by: oo7 | November 26, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

And for your NHL debut, dear Alzner you're going to be paired with Milan Jurcina. Good luck.

Posted by: ranndino | November 26, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Jurcina and Mo have bailed out KA tonight. He looks terrible out there. Giveaways and all. Hope Lepisto stays in the lineup when Erskine comes back. KA isn't ready for the nhl as he is showing against the bad Thrash tonight.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 26, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

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